Cool and crisp this morning, a glorious sunrise and forecast fair for the weekend, a glimpse of an Indian summer on the way perhaps; a drop of rain yesterday, maybe 4-5mm, all helps but grass still on the firm side, hopefully the irrigation will be going full tilt at Perth for their Glorious Finale meeting next week. Fine weather for tidying things up on the farm, second haylage cut all wrapped and away, straw to come in, an immaculately flat field of turf being sown for golf courses in 2015.
For the trainer it is a tense time, racing round the corner but with some horses it feels like we are treading on egg-shells, forcing them little by little but anxious not to over do it; self-doubt builds at this time of year, are they ready yet? They have done and continue to do a lot of work but…. much time spent looking back at this time last year, how much had we done last time round, better idea if we had the “horseshoe” grass gallop; always the same and when we get to the races inevitably some will turn out to have been ready and others less so but it is tricky, the last thing you want is them to be slightly “overdone” for a run at this early stage of the season. Anyway, be good to get started, cheered by the first schooling this morning – Pause and Clause, Bertie Milan, Rossini’s Dancer and Makhzoon all schooling well – decent bunch of horses. Busy weekend ahead, having had our syndicate open morning a few weeks ago on Sunday we have our inaugural owners pre-season lunch, Lucy appears to be booked to ride in the 4.10 at Uttoxeter and the 4.40 at Hamilton – that will be tricky, hopefully she will be at the latter and able to explain to the owners which horses she thinks might win races this season – “ask Lucy” being my standard reply!